(NASCAR.com) Austin Cindric really earned the victory in Saturday‘s Henry 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the historic 4.048-mile Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, managing to hold off traffic on numerous restarts both early and late in an elongated afternoon of competition that included wet and dry conditions and 13 dramatic lead changes.
Cindric, 21, took his No. 22 Team Penske Ford to the lead for good on a restart with three laps remaining, having to hold off hard-charging veteran road-course ace A.J. Allmendinger and ultimately taking a 1.318-second victory — Cindric’s fourth win in the last five races. He is the 11th different Road America winner in the last 11 races on the track.
Chase Briscoe, a five-time winner in 2020 who is second to Cindric by 11 points in the driver standings, finished third, followed by Kaz Grala and IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Series star Andy Lally.
Noah Gragson, Ross Chastain, Preston Pardus, Ryan Sieg and Michael Annett rounded out the top 10. It was a career-best finish for the 23-year-old Floridian Pardus, who also had a top-10 finish at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course last month.
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